Dayton Art Institute Artist’s Talk

Tomorrow (Thur., Sept. 17) I’ll be giving an artist’s talk about the “Tears of Stone” show currently on exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute. The show is up through Sunday, October 4.

Here’s a link with more information about the lecture, which includes a short video of me talking about one of the pieces in the show.

I’ve spent the past few days putting this talk together. In brief, it will include information about the research I did for the project, the technical aspects and challenges of shooting it, and I’ll be reading excerpts from my field notebooks about experiences I had while working on the project. I’m really thankful for the opportunity to do this- it’s been a while since I’ve made a presentation about this work, and it’s nice to get back to it.

Artists I Like- Emily McDowell

Designer, artist and illustrator Emily McDowell gets straight to the point in all of her work. She says, quite accurately, “My work reflects our shared human experience, in all its different, messy forms, and I feel most satisfied when something I made helps somebody feel like someone else out there gets them.”

Although her work is totally different than most anything else I have blogged about up til now, it is similar in that it speaks to the truth of the human experience. Her greeting card about being an artist is a perfect case in point: 258-c-being-an-artist-card_1024x1024When I first saw this, my only thought was, “YES!!!! YES!!!!” That is exactly what being an artist is like. You rock, Emily McDowell!

Dayton Art Institute “Tears of Stone” Show Opening

“Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” opened at the Dayton Art Institute today. It is paired with “Call to Duty”, an exhibition of United States war posters from both world wars.

Banner announcing the two shows on the exterior of the Dayton Art Institute

Banner announcing the two shows on the exterior of the Dayton Art Institute

There was a Member’s Opening a few days ago, which was really fun, and which spoke to my appreciation of detail. Below is an example of the table decorations in the reception hall. Please note that this is an ammunition box with shells draped over it! DSC_2669






I had to make a short speech to the assembled masses:DSC_2686

Here are a few pictures of the “Tears” installation:DSC_2698 DSC_2702






Thanks again to Laura Fisher (left) and Alex McClay (right), without whom I wouldn’t get half the work done that I do get done:DSC_2719